Menswear shows at London and Milan have just taken a bow, giving us a preview of what the approaching Fall/Winter season looks like. Silhouettes borrowed from the opposite sex, trends from last season charting new territories, classics hinting at innovation in sync with the times – the runways had it all.
From bigwigs like Prada, Coach, J.W.Anderson, to the much talked-about designers like Moschino, Marni and Craig Green, the industry had a mutual inclination towards casual outerwear pieces being included in their collections for the inherent streetstyle stars in all of us. Here, we put together the most coveted trends that made an intriguing appearance on the recent runways of the menswear collections.
Since the past few seasons, camouflage has been slowly making its way known and this season it has finally gained centre stage. Although, camo as a print never really goes away, Fall 2017 is all about how one wears the print – with more casual references; the trend is expected to prove big for the outerwear and streetstyle wear category.
‘Go big or go home’ seemed to be the moto this season. The Vetements popularized trend from last year refuses to mellow down its presence for the approaching season. This year though, the silhouette has found itself embracing the likes of utility outerwear – puffer jackets and pants, gigantic, robe-like boxy coats and oversized, super baggy trousers. The waist sits higher this season, channelling in a vintage old-school vibe to it, for the lovers of the ’80s sartorial style.
Though patchwork is not a new concept, this season saw an enigmatic approach towards the trend by introducing a mixture of prints, fabrics, colours and layers – all in a single ensemble. Designers did not shy away from going OTT with the trend, mixing the likes of fur, velvet, faux leather altogether to create a bold and stand-outish look. What deserves a special mention here though, is patchwork-inspired knitwear that was seen on the runways of J.W.Anderson and Alex Mullins.
Art of the Matter
No longer limited to wall hangings, graffiti and canvases, abstract prints and patterns lent an art-school inspired vibe to recent collections presented at the runways of London and Milan. Graffiti patterns on sweatshirts, scenic strokes over button down shirts and jackets, painted denims and trousers made multiple appearances rendering this a major trend for Fall 2017.
The classic turtleneck has decided to size up for the coming season. Oversized knitted turtle necks were spotted an umpteen number of times during the shows held at London and Milan. Layered with blazers and coats at Casely Hayford and Oliver Spencer, channelling in the oversized vibe at J.W.Anderson or emitting a sportier vibe with the introduction of piping at Agi & Sam, the turtleneck is more versatile than ever for Fall 2017.
The luxe material continues to cast its spell on the fashion scene but dons a more casual appeal for the season. Velvet lent a more opulent and elegant vibe to outerwear pieces like bombers, wide-leg trousers, hoodies and sweatshirts, making it a more wearable and appealing fabric for everyday looks.
New Age Tapestry
Gone are the days when the mere mention of the term tapestry would conjure up images of antique wall adornments and interior furnishings. Tapestry textures and prints were spotted decorating shirts, jackets, robe-like-coats and pantsuit coordinates. Contrasting motifs share common threads of colour, which creates an extremely rich and sophisticated look when layered together. Motifs on luxe velvet, sheer surfaces and brocade jackets/blazers trailed their way ablaze on the runways.
Robes, jackets, coats cinched at the waist lent a loungewear feel to designer collections at the runways for Fall 2017. Long considered to be feminine, the men-specific hourglass silhouette was evolved from the classic V-shape aesthetic achieved through men’s jackets and found its way into men’s casual wardrobe. Craig Green, Marni, Topman Design gave us ample innovation to chew on for the coming season.